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Woman in wedding dress drowns in Quebec river while having her wedding photos taken

Discussion in 'Nature' started by incabloc, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Another photographic tragedy. Happened same day as the Alaska Denali's National Park grizzly bear mauling of a hiker photog.

    Read more: 'I want to have great pictures and memories': trash the dress photo goes wrong as bride drowns in wedding gown

    Police say Maria Pantazopoulos' dress got too heavy for her to lift

    CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:19 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 25, 2012 2:11 PM ET

    Police have confirmed the death of a 30-year-old woman who fell into the Ouareau River, about 75 kilometres north of Montreal, while having her wedding photos taken.

    The woman was identified as 30-year-old Maria Pantazopoulos from Laval.

    According to Ronald McInnis, spokesman for the Quebec provincial police, Pantazopoulos was standing in about 15 to 30 centimetres of water while a photographer was taking her picture.

    McInnis said her dress got heavy from soaking up water and the woman asked for help getting out of the river.

    The photographer and his assistant were unable to lift her out. That's when the woman was swept away by harsh currents and taken under water.

    Quebec provincial police found her nearly four hours after the incident, at around 6 p.m. ET, with the help of a local diver who found her in a deep water basin.

    The woman had been married June 9 but had wanted more photos of herself in her wedding dress at the river.

    Authorities say the current is very strong, leaving little chance of survival.

    McInnis said the 30-year-old newlywed may have been doing a "trash the dress" photo shoot, a trend in photography that puts well-dressed people in environments where they seem slightly out of place.

    This trend is often seen in destination weddings when brides challenge beach waves while wearing a wedding dress.

    Pantazopoulos' family members have declined to speak to the media.
  2. timbuktwo

    timbuktwo Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 27, 2012
    This is crazy. Poor woman.
  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    "Trash the dress" - sad that fads continue to lead to senseless deaths.
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